Trump is preparing “an incredible return” to Washington, where he had not set foot since 2020 | The HuffPost

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Trump is preparing “an incredible return” to Washington, where he had not set foot since 2020 |  The HuffPost

For the first time back in the capital since leaving the White House, Trump has depicted an apocalyptic America that he wants to save in 2024.

By Marie Terrier with AFP

via Associated Press Former US President Donald Trump during a speech in Washington DC, July 26, 2022.

via Associated Press

UNITED STATES – Donald Trump, back in Washington for the first time since his tumultuous departure from the White House, delivered on Tuesday July 26 a speech worthy of a campaign candidate, ostensibly flirting with the idea of ​​running for a new term.

Invited by the ‘America First Policy Institute, a think tank n managed by his allies, the 76-year-old billionaire presented an action plan for the “Republican president who will return to the White House in 2024”.

For more than an hour and a half, he resumed his favorite themes ― in particular the fight against immigration and crime ― while fiercely attacking his successor Joe Biden, accused of having “brought the United States to its knees”.

Violent rhetoric to justify his return in 2024

He resumed his violent rhetoric, using shocking images such as “streets full of needles, filled with the blood of innocent victims”, and cities “where the middle class flocked to ‘the American dream ‘” compared to “war zones”. Before citing the rapes, thefts, the fear of parents when their children are on the street.

The former president presented several measures, such as the death penalty for drug dealers , give more resources to the police and the end of advance and electronic voting. “There is no longer any respect for the law, and above all there is no longer any order. Our country is now a cesspool of crimes, we have blood, death, and suffering because of the Democratic Party destroying and dismantling law enforcement,” he added, ever more grimly.

Trump: “Our country is now a cesspool of crime, we have blood, death and suffering on a scale once unthinkable beca… https://t.co/L3cJgb0at8

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After painting an apocalyptic portrait of the country, he slipped: “The he story is far from over and we are preparing for an incredible comeback, we have no other choice. With strength, we will restore our security. With hard work, we will rebuild our prosperity. Through courage, we will claim our freedom (…) We will make America glorious, such as it has never been.”

Donald Trump: “We are just getting ready for an incredible comeb ack, a comeback that we have no choice but to make.… https://t.co/gBkVe16sDL

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The Ministry of Justice is interested in Trump

Trump is therefore preparing his return, a year and a half after having leave power with his head down, two weeks after the attack on the Capitol by hundreds of his supporters. Since then, he had not set foot in the federal capital, while remaining at the heart of the attention of a parliamentary commission of inquiry responsible for shedding light on his role in this assault which shocked the whole world. The latter has just organized a series of well-attended public hearings which have lifted the veil on its maneuvers to stay in power.

According to WashingtonPost, the Justice Department is also investigating Trump’s actions during the Capitol storming. Witnesses are being questioned before a jury about the conversations they had with the former president, his lawyers and other members of his circle, several sources reported to the daily in the federal capital. The department also received phone records from key members of the Trump administration in April. The media had already heard of the investigations carried out against several relatives but never against the real estate magnate himself.

On the NBC channel, the Minister of Justice Merrick Garland did not d Moreover, the possibility of prosecuting Donald Trump has not been ruled out. “We intend to hold to account whoever is criminally responsible for (their role in) the events around January 6, in any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another. “, he said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland in exclusive interview with @LesterHoltNBC: “We intend to hold everyone — anyone… https://t.co/swgGyFXc0t

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“It’s all a set-up”, the commission has “only thugs and pirates”, retorted Donald Trump on Tuesday, very combative. “They want to get at me so that I’m no longer able to work for you, but I don’t think that’s going to work,” he added with a smile on his face. “Four more years”, then chanted the room while applauding him, referring to the duration of a possible new mandate.

Mike Pence continues to distance himself

Chance of the calendar, his former vice-president Mike Pence was also visiting Washington on Tuesday, where he took advantage of a speech in front of young conservatives to mark his difference with Donald Trump. “We don’t agree on the priorities,” he said, rolling out a program centered on the fight against abortion and the protection of the right to bear arms and religious freedoms.

“It is absolutely essential (…) not to give in to the temptation to look back” and “to look to the future”, added this Christian conservative, who criticizes the former president to spend too much time contesting the result of the 2020 election.

Donald Trump has never conceded defeat. Evoking, without any proof, “massive electoral fraud”, he has devoted most of his public interventions for two years to denouncing “a stolen election”.

However, on Tuesday he put this speech in mute. “I always say I ran once and won, then ran again and won even more votes,” he said. . Before adding, “I may have to do it a third time!”, promising “details” in the coming weeks.

Ron DeSantis is gaining ground

Donald Trump keeps a central place with Republicans . He appears to have retained a core of loyal supporters, which would put him in pole position should he decide to seek the nomination.

But critics are damaging his image, allowing his rivals ― such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ― to gain traction. Nearly half of Republicans voting in the primaries would prefer a candidate other than Donald Trump, according to a recent poll by the New York Times and Siena College.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post , who belong to the influential Murdoch family, published editorials criticizing Donald Trump’s behavior on January 6, 2021.

His speech was nevertheless followed at the highest level. “You may say I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t believe inciting a mob to attack police officers shows ‘respect for the law’,” tweeted Joe Biden.

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think inciting a mob that attacks a police officer is “respect for the law.” Yo… https://t.co/U31ohKZw9B

— President Biden (@POTUS)

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“If we are pro-insurgency, we cannot be pro-police, nor pro-democracy, nor pro-American”, continued the 79-year-old president, who could also run for a second term in 2024.

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